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Panera Power Chicken Hummus Bowl


I’ve been feeling great getting back into a routine of healthy eating and working out after all of the feasting and imbibing we did in New Orleans last month. Generally speaking, I have a rule about bringing my lunch to work and not eating out. We eat out enough on the weekends!

But a couple of weeks ago, on the way to a meeting, I went through a Panera drive-thru to get a coffee. On the menu I read: Power Chicken Hummus Bowl.

That item intrigued me and I thought I might be back for lunch!


I had a hard time finding it on Panera’s website when I was in search of nutrition facts. The reason? No, it’s not because it used to be one of their Hidden Menu items. I couldn’t find it because it is listed under Salads. I like the fact that it’s called a Power Bowl. To me, it sounds more exciting than a salad. But I guess you can call it one.

After reading the nutrition facts and ingredients online, there was no way I was not stopping for lunch on my way back to the office!


From Panera.com: Power Chicken Hummus Bowl – Chicken raised without antibiotics, cilantro jalapeño hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions, finished with freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts {Source: Panera.com}:

  • 270 Calories
  • 10g Total Fat
  • 500 mg Sodium
  • 18g Total Carb
  • 4g Fiber
  • 27g Protein

That is for the whole salad! {You can order a half-sized version, too.} The sprouted grain roll you see on the side of my salad is extra. However, if I didn’t want that, the cashier offered me an apple as a substitute. With your Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, you get your choice of side: sprouted grain roll, fresh apple, baguette or chips.

I loved this bowl!

The chicken is well-seasoned and tastes real – not like the “fake chicken” {at least that’s what I like to call it} at Subway and many other restaurants. I love the flavored hummus. I’ve never found cilantro jalapeño hummus in a store, but I’ve had it before at a local Mediterranean restaurant south of the river called Ansari’s. I never order anything without that hummus there! The balance of vegetables to other ingredients was perfect. What you can barely see is the bed of spinach on the bottom of the bowl.

Of course, the basic recipe would be pretty easy to replicate and make your own: Chicken {or any protein} + Vegetables + Hummus + Fresh Herbs + Citrus Wedge. The possibilities are endless this way! Plus, you can control the sodium that way. And it reminds me of these easy Power Bowls I often make for my work lunches. However, I found a great copycat recipe where you can recreate Panera’s Power Chicken Hummus Bowl with the cilantro jalapeño hummus and all!

I would be willing to make salads power bowls like these all summer long! Just switch up the protein, the flavor of hummus and the veg and you got something unique, healthy and filling.

And when in a pinch… When I don’t feel like putting this together on my own or I don’t have the ingredients on hand, this bowl at Panera is a better choice than fast food or dining out any day.

I give it two thumbs up.

The next one I want to try is this one.

If you were making the perfect Power Bowl, what would you put in it?


Baking Cookies


Yesterday, I mentioned how I’ve been craving baked goods and sugar. I wholly contribute this to the sugar that I’ve been eating lately. You crave what you eat. I need to get this out of my system and break the cycle. Today was a test – one that included baking cookies.


First I ate breakfast:

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Blueberries and Blackberries with a Greek yogurt and a 1/4 tsp sugar

Then it was time to bake some cookies.

The night before, I found a box of Lazy Baker Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix I received in my Goodies box back in November. I don’t bake, if only for the reason that it’s food that I can’t keep in the house. But I was sure I wanted to make these, especially since all I had to do was add butter and an egg. {Talk about being a Lazy Baker!} And because Oatmeal Cranberry didn’t sound that exciting, I threw in some chocolate chips, too.

After I formed the dough balls on the pan, I ate some of the leftover cookie dough. After ten minutes, I had to check to see if the cookies were done. Well, the piece I took made half of a cookie fall apart, so I just had to eat that one cookie and put the rest in the oven for a couple of minutes more.

After the cookies came out, I put them on a rack to let them cool:

Wed-Lazy Baker

This was going to be a test. A test that I wouldn’t just keep eating all of the cookies. I started walking around the house, and soon talked into the house that I should have just one more cookie, because cookies always taste best warm. And so I had one more small cookie. Then I left the rest to cool and walked away.

Essentially, I ate about three cookies. I told myself that I would let them cool and then put them in a container for Rob to take to work.


My Lunch included my leftover momo from the previous night’s Nha Sang takeout and a salad I created myself:


Momo with spicy sauce and salad made with spinach, clementine sections, cucumber, blue cheese crumbles, scallions, chopped almonds and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar

I was right. It was worth it to save those momo to enjoy the flavors another day rather than eat them all in one sitting. Also, this salad was so good that I’m going to eat it again today. It was better than I ever expected it to be!


As I was putting them away into the tupperware container, I allowed myself just one more cookie and then put them up on top of the fridge. Out of sight, right?

Dove Almond Dark Chocolate

A cup of my favorite tea – Market Spice

Market Spice

Afternoon Snacks

Clementine & Pineapple chunks

When my Love with Food box arrived, I took a couple of low-cal treats out to try:

  • Wild Berry Flat Fruit
  • Dark Chocolate Fortune Cookie

{More on the rest of the box on Saturday!}


My friend Jen, brought over some Panera! It has been sooooo long since I have been there. She brought two sandwiches and we split them in half so that we could try a bit of each: Tomato Mozzarella Panini and the Roasted Turkey Artichoke. They were both so good and I’d get either of them again. I enjoyed them with a Garden Vegetable with Pesto Soup and a hunk of bread for dipping. I failed to take photos, but this was the perfect dinner. Having the company was even better. Thank you, Jen!

Later, Jen and I split a brownie square. We both agreed that it was not a brownie either of us would go back for, but we had no trouble finishing it!

All told at the end of the day, I had four cookies and the rest are either in Rob’s tummy or on the way with him to work!

Do you bake?

If so, what is your favorite thing to bake and why?